Stateside: Mexico tariffs could cost auto sector; emotions in the workplace; Juwan Howard’s return

Jun 3, 2019
Originally published on November 13, 2019 12:36 pm

Today on Stateside, how will the auto industry be impacted if President Trump follows through on his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods? Plus, a theater in Kalamazoo brings its productions to life for people with blindness or visual impairment.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

What threatened Mexico tariffs could cost Michigan automakers, consumers

  • President Donald Trump is threatening new tariffs on Mexican goods if officials there don't do more to stop the flow of migrants across the southern U.S. border. That could have major consequences for both automakers and American consumers.
  • Paul Eisenstein is the publisher of The Detroit Bureau. He breaks down how tariffs against Mexico would affect the price of cars, what the uncertainty of the current situation means for automakers, and who will pay the price if the tariffs are put in place. 

Bacon: Juwan Howard will need time to put stamp on UM basketball program

  • We checked in with Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon about former University of Michigan basketball star Juwan Howard’s recent appointment as head basketball coach at his alma mater. Bacon breaks down the big decisions that Howard will have to make, and what’s at the top of the Michigan fan agenda for the new coach.  

Kalamazoo program helps visually-impaired theater patrons enjoy the show

  • The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre is now offering audio descriptions of what’s happening on stage for people who are blind and visually impaired. Abby Tongue is the one writing and voicing the audio descriptions. She's a graduate student at Western Michigan University’s Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies. Tongue’s fiancé Osman Koroma has been blind since he was 14, and advises Tongue on her descriptions. They talk to Stateside about the process of crafting an audio description, and what it would take to get audio description services into more theaters.

Museums “show that the human experience is a shared one,” says new AANM director

  • Last month’s Stateside live show was hosted at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn. There, we talked to Diana Abouali, who was named director of the museum earlier this year. Abouali talked with host Cynthia Canty about her work in Palestine and Jordan, the role that cultural institutions can play in facilitating cross-cultural understanding, and her favorite artifact at the museum.

What emotional intelligence looks like in the workplace

  • HGTV cofounder Susan Packard has a new book out. It's called Fully Human: 3 Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership, and Life. The Detroit-native and Michigan State University graduate breaks down what "emotional fitness" means, how companies can cultivate it, and what happens when they do. 

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